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Tourism Attraction Feasibility Study Grant

Grants to Arkansas Local Governments for
Preliminary Evaluations of Tourism Projects

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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism - Tourism Development Section

Deadline Date:

11/24/17 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Arkansas cities and counties to conduct feasibility studies for the development of tourism attractions. Studies will help local governments determine the economic potential of a specific tourism-related project. Attractions may include recreational and entertainment facilities, cultural and historical sites, natural and scenic areas, amusement and entertainment parks, theme parks, botanical gardens, cultural and educational centers, and indoor and outdoor plays and music shows.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176585

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $15,000

Term of Contract:

All feasibility studies must be completed within 120 days (4 months) of the awarding of the grant, or they may be considered void and canceled.

The Tourism Director or his appointee may approve an extension of the completion date, but in no case may the completion date be extended beyond June 30 of the fiscal year in which the grant is awarded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The only entities eligible to apply for financial assistance for a tourism attraction feasibility study are:
-Incorporated Cities

Unincorporated cities or communities must seek county sponsorship of the study. Of course, incorporated cities may submit a joint application with counties or other incorporated cities for the sponsorship of the study.

Ineligible Applicants:
-Chambers of Commerce
-Regional Tourist Associations
-Advertising and Promotion Commissions
-Convention and Visitors Bureaus
-Colleges and Universities
-Other private non-profit corporations, foundations, clubs or organizations
-Any other private entity

Only one grant per fiscal year will be allowed per applicant unless a county is applying on behalf of separate cities. Only one grant per project will be allowed during the life span of the project.

Pre-Application Information:

The applicant must be able to match the grant amount with a like amount of cash. In-kind contributions are ineligible as a match. Other state funds received by a city or county qualifying or utilizing funds under this program are also ineligible as a match.

Each grant will be given on a matching one-for-one basis.

Grants are provided on a reimbursement basis.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5:00 PM on the last Friday in July, the last Friday in September, and the last Friday in November. All applications must be physically received in the Parks and Tourism office by these dates. Applications simply postmarked by these dates are not acceptable.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Kristine Puckett

Tourism Attraction Feasibility Study Grant Program
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
Tourism Development Section
1 Capitol Mall
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

P: 501-682-5240
F: 501-682-2523

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arkansas